The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most sought-after tourist locations in the world because of its natural beauty. Visitors can swim, snorkel, dive, tour by boat or helicopter, and sail through this natural wonder. Home to countless marine species, the Great Barrier Reef has over 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays, and about 150 inshore islands. The size of the reef is breathtaking and incomparable and there's no wonder it's considered one of the seven wonders of the world.
6 fun facts about the Great Barrier Reef:
- It is 1,430 miles or 2,3000 kilometers long, making it the largest coral reef system in the world.
- Home to more 1,400 species of fish, 17 species of sea snake, 6 species of turtle, and 30 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise.
- The reef is considered pretty young compared to other reef systems in the world: a spritely 500,000 to 1 million years old!
- Prehistoric sea creatures, including species that have been around for hundreds of millions of years, live in the Great Barrier Reef.
- It's larger than the Great Wall of China.
- The only living thing on earth that is visible from space.
Woah is right! The Great Barrier Reef has plenty more to offer than just its natural beauty. Check out our free color reef coloring page and enjoy these fun facts with your little ones!